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Trump: I should have fired Comey 'the day I won the primaries'

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his decision to declassify documents related to the Justice Department’s Russia probe was “a great service to the country” and expressed regret that he had not fired former FBI Director James Comey earlier.<p>In an interview with The Hill, Trump said that he …

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton: Trump will 'wholesale fire people' after midterm election

Trump Effect<p>Hillary Clinton predicted Tuesday that President Donald Trump will "wholesale fire people" in the White House and become increasingly unaccountable if Democrats don't check his power by winning a majority of seats in the House or Senate in the November midterm elections.<p>Clinton made the …

Hillary Clinton

3D-printed gun maker Cody Wilson charged with sexually assaulting underage girl

Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson — known for his fight with the US government over 3D-printed guns — has been charged with sexually assaulting a minor, according to <i>The Austin American-Statesman</i>. The <i>Statesman</i> reports that police filed an arrest warrant for Wilson today in Travis County, …

Cody Wilson

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell: ‘We would launch a weapon to defend the U.S.'

During an appearance on Monday at the Air Force Association’s annual symposium, Shotwell was thrown a question she said she had never heard before: …

Military

Trump-proof aspects of Manafort deal rankle lawyers

Robert Mueller seems to have built in safeguards to discourage the president from pardoning Manafort.<p>Special counsel Robert Mueller’s plea agreement with Paul Manafort on Friday took unusual and possibly unprecedented steps to undercut President Donald Trump’s ability to pardon his former campaign …

U.S. Department of Justice

Trump can't use FEMA's wireless alerts to send personal messages — it's illegal

Tech & Media<p>Contrary to public concern, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is not handing President Donald Trump a direct line to send personalized messages to American citizens.<p>He would be breaking the law if he did.<p>Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission and FEMA announced plans …

Mobile Devices

Anita Hill calls on senators to be 'better' during Kavanaugh accuser's hearings

Anita Hill, the woman who in the 1990s accused then-Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas, of sexual harassment, is calling on the Senate Judiciary …

Sexual Harassment

Trump puts HHS in charge of defense against biological threats

President Donald Trump Tuesday morning issued a national biodefense strategy that repeals Bush and Obama administration policies and installs an HHS-led committee to survey gaps in responding to biological threats.<p>The committee includes officials from the Pentagon, Agriculture and Homeland Security …

U.S. Politics

In a Florence flood, she tried to hold onto her baby. But the water ripped him away.

CHARLOTTE — When Dazia Lee tries to bring order to the disorder of that night, it helps her to think in numbers. She thinks of the exact time of every decision, every call, every bit of bad news — reference points leading until the very last when, at 10:20 a.m. on Monday, she received a call from a …

Cleveland

Georgia Voters Lose Last-Ditch Bid for Midterm Paper Ballots

It’s too late to force Georgia to replace it’s flawed electronic-voting system with paper ballots for the midterm election despite evidence that …

Voting

How much longer can the two-party system hold?

The cracks are growing. But the status quo has powerful forces propping it up.<p>Two-thirds of Americans think there ought to be a third party in the United States. This number is now at a record high.<p>But just because Americans are dissatisfied with the current two-party system doesn’t mean it’s about …

Voting

Trump will slap 10% tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods — and they will go to 25% at year end

President Donald Trump will impose 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, and those duties will rise to 25 percent at the end …

News

The animal rescuers of Florence: Dogs saved from submerged crate, pets shuttled away in a bus

Hurricane Florence<p>When two volunteer rescuers responding to Florence in North Carolina helped free six dogs from a crate submerged in floodwaters on Sunday, they didn't do it for attention, but attention is what they got — a lot of it.<p>The two volunteers, Ryan Nichols and David Rebollar, along with …

News (U.S.)

Probe of FEMA Chief Brock Long Referred to Prosecutors

Investigators asked U.S. attorney’s office to look into whether criminal statutes were violated by Long and two aides<p>WASHINGTON—An investigation targeting President Trump’s top emergency-management official has been referred to federal prosecutors to determine whether criminal charges should be …

Brock Long

Trump's Space Force could cost nearly $13 billion over 5 years

<b>(CNN) —</b> Establishing President Donald Trump's sought-after Space Force could cost $12.9 billion over its first five years, according to an Air Force document obtained by CNN.<p>The Air Force estimates that the first year "additive costs" associated with establishing the new military branch in the 2020 …

U.S. Politics

State Department email breach exposed employees' personal information

The State Department recently suffered a breach of its unclassified email system, and the compromise exposed the personal information of a small number of employees, according to a notice sent to the agency’s workforce.<p>State described the incident as “activity of concern … affecting less than 1% of …

U.S. Dept. of State

Hurricane Delays President Trump's Emergency Text Message Test. Here's When You'll Get It

President’s Donald Trump’s planned test of a new federal system for sending text messages to tens of millions of American’s has been delayed two …

Donald Trump

GOP Rep. Chris Collins will remain on the ballot after insider trading charges

A legal representative for Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., says his client will remain on the ballot in the race for New York's 27th Congressional …

U.S. Congress

White man who harassed black students with gun in viral video charged

U.S. news<p>A white man accused of pulling out a gun while harassing four black Florida A&M University students was charged with a misdemeanor, according to police.<p>Don Crandall, Jr., 49, who was captured on a video last week pulling out a gun after denying the students access to an off-campus …

Black Students

Senate committee to hold public hearing with Kavanaugh, accuser after sexual assault allegation

Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her decades ago will testify publicly before the Senate on Monday, setting up a potentially dramatic and politically perilous hearing that could determine the fate of his nomination.<p>Republicans, …

Senate Committees

747 airplane from Burning Man still sitting in Black Rock Desert; BLM says get it out

Shopping

Hawaii pro golfer Tadd Fujikawa comes out as gay on Instagram

“So …” he wrote to his 4,591-and-counting Instagram followers, and the millions more he surely knew the message would reach, “I’m gay.” <b>Read More</b>

Hawaii

Former Va. governor Terry McAuliffe, potential 2020 contender, is heading to Iowa

RICHMOND — Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe is heading to Iowa next week, hoping to fire up fellow Democrats ahead of November’s elections and maybe win friends as a potential 2020 presidential contender.<p>“None of us can afford to sit on the sidelines when the heart and soul of our country …

Iowa

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Freezing Credit Will Now Be Free. Here’s Why You Should Go for It.

Consumers will soon be able to freeze their credit files without charge. So if you have not yet frozen your files — a recommended step to foil identity theft — now is a good time to take action, consumer advocates say.<p>Security freezes, often called credit freezes, are “absolutely” the best way to …

Personal Information

Trump Wants $200 Billion in China Tariffs Despite Talks

President Donald Trump instructed aides on Thursday to proceed with tariffs on about $200 billion more in Chinese products despite his Treasury …

Tariffs

Jeff Bezos: Trump should welcome media scrutiny

<b>(CNNMoney) —</b> Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who typically tries to stay out of the political fray, mounted a vigorous defense of press freedom on Thursday evening, saying President Donald Trump should be glad to face media scrutiny.<p>The remarks came during an hour-long, freewheeling conversation with hedge …

Jeff Bezos

'She's a monster': Laura Ingraham's gay brother lashes out in interview

OUT News<p>Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham is no stranger to public castigation, but the source of the latest attack on the Fox News host hits close to home.<p>In a interview with the Daily Beast, Curtis Ingraham, the cable star’s brother, lashed out at his famous sibling and her controversial …

News

A Sexual-Misconduct Allegation Against the Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stirs Tension Among Democrats in Congress

On Thursday, Senate Democrats disclosed that they had referred a complaint regarding President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the F.B.I. for investigation. The complaint came from a woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were both in high school, more …

Brett Kavanaugh